Children have their favorite dolls, toys, or blankets. Dogs have their favorite stuffed animal (usually the kind strong enough to withstand their brutal treatment). Writers have their favorite pens.
Mine, I must confess, is a blue ink .5mm ballpoint gel pen. I can’t write a single word in my Writer’s Journal without this pen. It… It just doesn’t feel right…
Black or red pens are brilliant when used for dramatic effect, but the blue pen… It just sings the words off the pages like a lyrical masterpiece.
For the next month, I’m going be in Kansai Japan on a vacation, and stocking up on blue ink .5mm ballpoint gel pens for the journey was as important as packing clean underwear.
If anyone else has a weird quirk like this and think you are alone, think again. Every artist has some special item, color, time of day, action, etc that they just have to have before they can write. In an article called What’s Your Writing Quirk by Kvargas on Skirk.com, I discovered that people have even weirder quirks than me, like having to bake something while writing or having the make the whole house spotless before they can focus. No matter how much or how many different types of work a writer does, it seems that there is always something that triggers the creative juices.
Thanks for tuning in! As always, comments are more than welcome. I’d love to hear about some other writing quirks out there.